Why is sleep important for kids? Sleep is important for children for many reasons and lack of sleep can cause a myriad of problems. Insufficient sleep can “impact health, performance in school, and behavior,” according to the National Sleep Foundation. Check out some of the specific issues that kid’s can face when they don’t get enough sleep:
Why Sleep Is Important For Kids
Behavioral Problems – Being tired and irritable is hard enough for an adult to deal with but a child trying to function without enough sleep can really have a hard time behaving. Set your child up for success by making sure they get to bed on time.
Weight Gain – Children who lack enough sleep produce the hormone ghrelin, which causes hunger, and show a decrease in the hormone leptin, which reduces hunger. The International Journal of Obesity published a more recent study that proved a definitive link between lack of sleep and obesity. Obesity, over the long-term, is linked with heart-disease and diabetes.
Academic Performance – A new study in Brazil has shown that children who don’t get a good night’s sleep tend to get lower grades than their peers. Over the long-term, poor grades are linked to higher drop-out rates and lower the chances of attending college.
Cognitive Ability – Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health published a study that showed irregular bedtimes were linked to lower scores on three cognitive measures: math, reading skills, and special awareness. The researchers said that sleep may play a big role in the brains “plasticity,” or its ability to learn and store new information which continues later in life.
Physical Growth – We all make fun of teenagers for sleeping so much but did you know they while they sleep they are releasing a chemical which is crucial for their growth spurt at the same age?
Risky Behavior – A study in China shows that adolescents who slept less than eight hours a night were significantly more likely to smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
Set Your Child Up For Success
Many of the studies have shown links and tendencies but more studies need to be done to prove the findings as facts. However, everyone feels better and performs better in every aspect of their lives when they get enough sleep. So, set your child up for success and get them to bed on time!
For more information on sleep for kids check out these articles:
Baby Sleep Training: One Little Parenting Trick That Leads to A LOT more sleep – The best trick ever. I learned about this when my son was a baby and now I can get babies to sleep in minutes! I even got a stranger’s fussy baby to sleep in a restaurant the other day by using this technique!
Get Those Kids to Sleep – Stop the bedtime fights for good! This is a list of ways to make getting your kids into bed and to sleep much easier!
End Bedtime Battles: Help Your Child Sleep – This article gives tips on how to get kids to bed easily. Read on to end the bedtime battles.
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